14 days in Canberra & Victoria Itinerary

14 days in Canberra & Victoria Itinerary

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14 days in Canberra & Victoria Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Canberra
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cowes
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Point Leo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Ocean Grove
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Apollo Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Warrnambool
— 1 night
8
Ballarat
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
9
Daylesford
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
Bendigo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Cheshunt
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Rutherglen
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 2nd (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Drill Hall Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra trip planner .

Sydney to Canberra is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in March, Canberra is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Shopping
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Drill Hall Gallery ©
Drill Hall Gallery
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Central. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

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Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): stroll through Cape Woolamai Beach, then learn about all things military at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Koala Conservation Centre, and finally kick back and relax at Cowes Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cowes online road trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Cowes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In March in Cowes, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Point Leo.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Woolamai Beach, National Vietnam Veterans Museum
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Cowes Beach ©
Cowes Beach
Cape Woolamai Beach ©
Cape Woolamai Beach
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum

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night
Point Leo

Point Leo ©
Point Leo is a town in the Shire of Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Quealy Winemakers, then enjoy the sand and surf at Somers Beach, and then kick back and relax at Point Leo Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Point Leo holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Cowes to Point Leo in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in March, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ocean Grove.

Things to do in Point Leo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Somers Beach, Quealy Winemakers
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Point Leo Beach ©
Point Leo Beach
Somers Beach ©
Somers Beach
Quealy Winemakers ©
Quealy Winemakers

1
night
Ocean Grove

Ocean Grove ©
Ocean Grove is a seaside town in Victoria, Australia, located on the Bellarine Peninsula. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): kick back and relax at 13th Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lonsdale Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from The Rip.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Ocean Grove trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Point Leo to Ocean Grove takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in March, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Ocean Grove

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

13th Beach, Point Lonsdale Beach, The Rip
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13th Beach ©
13th Beach

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Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): trek along Great Ocean Walk, then get great views at Mariners Lookout, and then take a peaceful walk through Mait's Rest.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, use the Apollo Bay trip planner .

You can drive from Ocean Grove to Apollo Bay in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
Mariners Lookout ©
Mariners Lookout
Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk

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Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): grab your bike and head to Foreshore Promenade, identify plant and animal life at Thunder point Coastal Reserve, then learn about winemaking at Basalt Wines, and finally explore the activities along Bay of Islands.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Warrnambool visit app .

You can drive from Apollo Bay to Warrnambool in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ballarat.

Things to do in Warrnambool

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Basalt Wines
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Bay of Islands ©
Bay of Islands
Thunder point Coastal Reserve ©
Thunder point Coastal Reserve
Basalt Wines ©
Basalt Wines

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Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
On the 11th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Sovereign Hill and then make a trip to Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ballarat holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Warrnambool to Ballarat takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Ballarat can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Daylesford.

Things to do in Ballarat

Historic Sites Museums
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Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill

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Daylesford

Daylesford ©
Known for its natural spring mineral spas, Daylesford is a rejuvenating spot to take the waters and sample local wine.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Daylesford, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Mill Markets, then make a trip to Stony Creek Gallery, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Daylesford sightseeing planner.

Getting from Ballarat to Daylesford by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Daylesford can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Bendigo.

Things to do in Daylesford

Nature Parks Shopping
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Lake Daylesford ©
Lake Daylesford
Stony Creek Gallery ©
Stony Creek Gallery

1
night
Bendigo

Bendigo ©
The architect Vahland had designs to make Bendigo a "Vienna of the south" by encouraging European artisans to immigrate to the city.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Bendigo Art Gallery, do a tasting at Bress Winery, then sample the fine beverages at Henry of Harcourt, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Kilian's Church.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bendigo driving holiday app .

Drive from Daylesford to Bendigo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cheshunt.

Things to do in Bendigo

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Harcourt
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Bress Winery ©
Bress Winery
Bendigo Art Gallery ©
Bendigo Art Gallery
St Kilian's Church ©
St Kilian's Church

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Cheshunt

Cheshunt ©
Cheshunt is a small rural village situated in the Upper King Valley in north-east Victoria, Australia. On the 14th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Chrismont, learn about winemaking at La Cantina Vineyard, and then do a tasting at King River Estate Wines.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cheshunt planner .

Traveling by car from Bendigo to Cheshunt takes 3 hours. March in Cheshunt sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Rutherglen.

Things to do in Cheshunt

Wineries

Side Trips

La Cantina Vineyard, King River Estate Wines
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Chrismont ©
Chrismont
King River Estate Wines ©
King River Estate Wines
La Cantina Vineyard ©
La Cantina Vineyard

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Rutherglen

Rutherglen ©
Rutherglen is a small town in north-eastern Victoria, Australia, near the Murray River border with New South Wales. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): do a tasting at Campbells Wines, then learn about winemaking at Andrew Buller Wines, and then learn about winemaking at Pfeiffer Wines.

For maps and other tourist information, go to the Rutherglen trip planner .

Getting from Cheshunt to Rutherglen by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March in Rutherglen, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rutherglen

Wineries

Side Trip

Pfeiffer Wines
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Pfeiffer Wines ©
Pfeiffer Wines
Andrew Buller Wines ©
Andrew Buller Wines
Campbells Wines ©
Campbells Wines

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